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Open Forums - Faculty & Staff

OIE and Global Human Resources (GHR) will be hosting a series of open forums to report accurate information, hear concerns and respond to questions related to the January 27, 2017 Executive Order. 

Monday February 20, 9:30am - 10:30am
Student Center, Room 321

Tuesday, February 21, 4pm - 5pm,
Student Center, Peachtree Room


Posted on 2/14/17 at 2:25pm.

Open Forums - Student & Scholars

OIE and Counseling Services will report current and accurate information and guidance relevant to you. We want to hear your concerns and understanding of the Immigration Executive Order.

February 15th 12pm - 1pm
Flag Building, Room 117

February 22th 6pm-7pm
Bill Moore Student Success Center, Clary Theater

Open Forum Flyer

Posted on 2/07/17 at 2:42pm.

OIE: Immigration updates from 1/27/2017 Executive Order

Dear Georgia Tech International Students and Scholars,

This email is to respond to the rapid developments of the last few days and to confirm two provisions included in the Executive Order released announced Friday January 27, 2017 and potential impact on international students and scholars. A wide array of information is being reported in the media and we wish to provide perspective on how this impacts you. The situation is fluid and legal challenges are quickly clarifying and updating interpretations of the executive orders. Below are two main provisions to understand.

1)            The U.S. has placed an immediate 90-day ban on visa issuance and entry into the U.S. nationals of seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Exceptions have been granted for U.S. lawful permanent residents traveling with a valid I-551 and those traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas.  The language of the Executive Order does not specify if the restriction applies only to those people traveling with a passport from one of the above countries of concern, or if it applies to those born in one of these countries but who have acquired dual citizenship in another country not on this list.

Our guidance: Until there is further clarification or guidance, the Office of International Education (OIE) advises that all people who are citizens of, or were born in, one of these countries do not travel abroad without consultation with an international student and scholar advisor and/or a qualified immigration attorney first.  In short, unless you are planning to travel abroad there are no immediate changes in relation to your student or Exchange Visitor status. If you are a national of one of the seven countries listed and would like to speak with an advisor related to the impact of the Executive Order, please call 404-894-7475 and our staff will make you the first available appointment. 

2)            Second, the U.S. has suspended the in-person visa interview requirement waivers. This means that individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa—whether initial or renewal—will be required to undergo an in-person interview at their U.S. Consulate. Before this Executive Order, the U.S. Consulate could waive the in-person visa application interview requirement based on the applicant’s age or if the individual was applying to renew a visa within the same category. This new rule brings with it the likelihood obtaining a U.S. entry visa will take longer. Citizens of Canada or Bermuda, who are visa-exempt, will not experience any changes as a result of the Executive Order.

Our guidance: If you are traveling outside of the U.S. with an expired F or J visa, including for trips to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean, we urge you to visit our office during walk-in advising hours to seek current guidance, bringing your I-20 or DS-2019 with you. Our staff will review your immigration status under the current immigration rules, offer re-entry advising, including travel signatures if applicable. We can discuss your options with you at this time and ensure you have the latest information available to OIE.

Georgia Institute of Technology remains a champion of your success, partnering with others to assist as you move towards fulfilling your academic and personal goals. Everyone in the Office of International Education appreciates and values your contributions and also acknowledges your unique needs. We will continue to closely monitor immigration-related developments and will be doing everything possible to work with and disseminate information developed by our national professional associations and colleagues to interpret and respond to the order. We ask that you refer to the OIE news for further updates.



Marisa Atencio, Director of International Student and Scholar Services and all Office of International Education staff

Posted on 1/31/17 at 11:00am.

Current resources related to the January 27, 2017 Executive Order

To understand the executive order and its implications, see NAFSA: Association of International Educators offers a detailed explanation. In addition, the Council on Global Immigration shared its summary on how the order affects employment

Refer to the Campus-wide Guidance Regarding Travel, Immigration, and Visas for broad resources and information.

Specific information to F and J students and scholars will continue to be posted on OIE website as it becomes available.

Posted on 1/30/17 at 11:55am. Updated 1/31/17 at 9:00am.

Executive Order - Guidance Regarding Travel and Visas

To F and J visa students and scholars at Georgia Tech:

Recent regulatory and policy changes impacting immigration have resulted in questions among our international students and scholars, as well as among others holding U.S. visas. As valued members of our community, Georgia Tech wants to reaffirm our commitment to keep you informed of changes that may impact you.

On Friday, January 27, 2017, an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” was issued. As a result of this executive order, we do not recommend travel outside of the U.S. for anyone who holds a passport as a national of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen [a reference to INA §217(a)(12)].

We will continue to actively evaluate the changes to determine their impact on our students and/or scholars, and to provide you with updated information and assistance. Please refer to the OIE website for the most up-to-date information and guidance as it becomes available.

Yves Berthelot

Vice Provost, International Initiatives

Posted on 1/29/17 at 10pm.

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